Amid rising political temperatures, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission delved in with stern warning to Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and his KANU counterpart Nick Salat.
EACC observed that the duo is among civil servants with extensive involvement in politics despite holding public offices.
The commission now wants all public servants who are engaging in both politics and public services to resign from one of their positions immediately.
Tuju who is Jubilee Party Secretary also serves as a Cabinet Secretary without portfolio and sits and participate in all Cabinet meetings and affairs and his Kanu counterpart Nick Salat who is serving as both Kanu Secretary and also as the chairman of the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC).
Through a memo from EACC, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission noted that individuals holding Public officers at the same time participating in political may contravened the Article 77 (2) of the Constitution and therefore advised them to relinquish one of their positions.
“The Commission advises that any public officer who could be currently holding an office in a political party is in violation of the law and liable to the applicable sanctions, including actions within their respective institutional codes of conduct and ethics,” EACC warned.
EACC chief executive Twalib Mbarak disclosed that the agency is already investigating several State and Public officers flouting the laws with their active engagement in active politics.
He wants the national and county governments, Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) and other independent constitutional commissions to take disciplinary action against officers flouting the law.
“Accordingly, any appointed public officer falling in the above category is required to immediately resign from such office,
“Public officers, as trustees of the people of Kenya, are expected to observe political neutrality, and at times direct their energies towards accountable, effective and responsive delivery of public services.
“Accordingly, the Commission requires all appointed State and Public officers to refrain from any conduct that could be inimical to the above mandatory legal requirements,” Mbarak warned.
This comes after a lobby group, Concerned Citizen Alliance wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties Ms Ann Nderitu protesting the appointment of Salat as the chairman of ADC.
The Lobby accused Salat of contravening the Political Parties Act, 2011; The Public Officer Ethics Act, 2002; and Leadership and Integrity Act by doubling up as a state officer as well as Kanu Secretary General, wants him to be stripped off the two positions.